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Meth addiction is a scourge on individuals, families, and plaguing every town and city in America today. It can be an overwhelming effort to combat without compassionate and professional aid. Research about methamphetamine, crystal meth, meth addiction and recovery are topics covered on this page.
Action Recovery Group drug rehab has designed programs to help you or loved ones who may be suffering with a meth addiction. This highly experienced and effective drug addiction treatment center in Ogden is focused on providing a compassionate and caring drug rehab program that helps individuals get clean and sober from methamphetamine addiction. Call Action Recovery Group in Ogden at 801-475-HOPE.
Some History of Meth Production and Distribution
Unlike the illicit drug trades in cocaine, marijuana, and heroin—with product distribution and huge smuggling operations from outside the United States, methamphetamine drug development and the national epidemic which has followed, had roots primarily in the west coast and southwest areas of the United States. It is a homemade stimulant concoction literally “brewed” in towns like yours.
A major problem for law enforcement and those seeking to eliminate meth from our culture, is that it is relatively easy to produce. Once an out-of-country smuggling operation, it is now made by anyone with the will to do so and just as easily distributed to local addicts. Over-the-counter medications such as ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and other inexpensive ingredients found on store shelves may be used in the illegal home-drug labs.
Because of the toxic substances used to separate chemicals found in street meth, and because gases are produced during the heating process, along with a literal explosive potential, the entire process is toxic and creates a professional “clean up” procedure whenever a meth lab is discovered. The toxic factor in itself is deadly, which should tell something of the nature of the non-advertised poison the drug abuser is taking into his body.
This new epidemic is having a devastating effect on American society. Meth began to spread to other areas of the country, including small town USA in the mid 1990’s. Now it is found countrywide. Making it even more insidious in its proliferation into every age category, methamphetamine is relatively inexpensive to produce and to purchase compared to heroin and cocaine. It is destroying lives and also families at an astonishing rate.
Users who have been fortunate enough to get off meth have reported of the terrifying effects. We invite you to call the Action Recovery Group today for information that will help you begin dealing with meth addiction and the terrible consequences it produces.
About Methamphetamine Use
Methamphetamine is classed as a stimulant drug. It is extremely addictive. It is commonly referred to as “meth” and comes in a powdered form that can be dissolved for injection, smoked, or sniffed—also referred to as “snorting.” Meth can also be taken orally.
As is the case with other stimulant drugs, methamphetamine blocks the receptors in the brain responsible for pleasure and reward releasing a high amount of dopamine. An intense, but temporary, rush or euphoria is experienced. The user experiences that it grows in tolerance requiring more and more of the illicit drug over time as cravings intensify. This creates the addictive cycle which requires professional intervention if it is to become successfully stopped.
Meth has a variety of slang and street names associated with it, including:
Crystallized methamphetamine is the form of meth most likely to be found made in clandestine labs in virtually every community of the United States. It has the appearance of a crystal rock or glass. Smoking crystal meth in a pipe allows it to be absorbed easily into lung tissues. Addiction begins from the first “hit.” Meth begins as a temporary rush to pleasure and ends as a poison to the entire internal system of the body.
Over time the lungs, cardiovascular system, heart, and brain all may become permanently damaged. A strong drug rehabilitation program is required to bring people off the methamphetamine abuse cycle.
Health, Withdrawal and Side Effects
The drug effects generally last from four to eight hours but can last up to twenty-four. The first sensation is the pleasure coming from the brain’s dopamine receptors flooding the central nervous system with chemicals that offer a false sense of happiness or giddiness, along with hyperactive sense of confidence and energy, followed by a severe let down. A decrease in appetite may follow.
Chronic meth use can cause permanent brain structure and chemical damage. Impaired motor, speech, and perception skills become involved. Emotional and memory functions may become permanently altered with continued use.
Long-Term Health Issues
Some of the long-term health issues involved with meth drug abuse may include:
Lung and respiratory damage or failure
Cardiac arrest and cardiovascular disease
High blood pressure and rapid heart rate
Brain damage to both structure and chemicals
Mood disorders such as anxiety, confusion, and violent behavior
Malnutrition and accompanying organ impairment
Dental and periodontal disease
Withdrawal and Side Effects
Some of the issues involved in any rehabilitation for the stimulant drugs including methamphetamines include withdrawal cravings and the side effects. The powerful impulses are almost always impossible for the addicted individual to conquer alone. A professional rehab program like Action Recovery Group offers that link to recovery so often missing in any individual attempt at the solution of meth addiction.
Some of the signs of withdrawal and the side effects of meth abuse may include:
Rapid heart rate
Meth abuse may have a long term damaging consequence upon the central nervous system as well as the brain. As mentioned emotional issues such as delusion and paranoia, may result. Brain hemorrhage, edema, and psychological damage may become permanent. Similar damage patterns to brains of people suffering with Parkinson’s disease has been reported. Some scientific studies suggest that the damage occurring in the dopamine receptors from methamphetamine abuse is to blame.
Action Recovery Group Addiction and Rehab Programs
When you or a loved one hurts from disease a professional medical practitioner is required to help on the path to healing. This holds true when the body is damaged from meth addiction. The horror of meth addiction requires all the professional skills you would require for a disease and any other addiction. At Action Recovery Group drug and alcohol rehab center in Ogden Utah, we believe a cognitive behavioral therapy approach in groups and individual sessions, combined with twelve-step groups and long-term continuing aftercare, are essential to an effective drug treatment program of recovery and healing. For immediate help with meth and crystal meth addiction call use today at 801-475-HOPE.